The Site Instructor is responsible for planning and teaching sequenced lessons in classroom and other school settings for up to 15 youth, while also helping to manage whole program groups of up to 85 youth. The Site Instructor will strive to achieve youth development outcomes by engaging program participants in academic enrichment and support, creative arts, active recreation, community building, service learning, and leadership activities.

  • Job Title: Site Instructor
  • Classification: Part Time Seasonal
  • Reports to: Site Supervisor
  • Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt

At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark– a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive program starts with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the schoolyear, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. Our programs directly serve over 4,000 kids ages 5-18 each year across an eight-county area, including the greater Portland metro region. Camp Fire Columbia helps serve an additional 11,000 children and families annually through partnerships and special projects. For more information, please visit: http://campfirecolumbia.org/

Relationships:

Site Instructors collaborate with their site teams on program planning, communication, behavior management, and general site operations; as well as across site teams to support the overall success of the Camp Fire Before & After School program. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to building positive working relationships with participants, families, community partners, and school staff. 

Salary and Benefits:  

  • Compensation: $12-14/hour
  • Benefits: Paid training and planning hours, 401K and paid sick time benefits available to part-time staff who qualify.

Application Process:

  • Send cover letter, resume and three references to Human Resources with subject line, “Site Instructor” to: humanresources@campfirecolumbia.org
  • Positions will remain open until filled
  • Interviews will start July 3rd, 2017
  • Training will begin August 14th, 2017

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Directs instruction of participants in a before and after school program setting while maintaining program expectations and behavior management.
  2. Creates project-based learning activities and creates and writes lesson plans from various resources and active engagement of participants in learning.
  3. Understands and follows Office of Child Care licensing policies and support Site Supervisor in maintaining site/program to comply with state licensing standards.

Job Duties:

  • Submits written lesson plans, service learning plans and supply needs.
  • Works within school policies, confidentiality requirements and understand behavioral referral system.
  • Acts as a role model positive youth development practices, youth-adult partnerships and mentoring.
  • Participates in recruitment and retention of program participants.
  • Participates in outreach to families and coordinate family engagement activities.
  • Organizes and attends field trips in Portland and surrounding areas.
  • Attends Camp Fire meetings and events.
  • Assists Site Supervisor with program and administrative functions.
  • Ensures policies and practices are followed that lead to safe and successful program experiences for all participants and staff.
  • Acts as a role model for enjoyment, integrity and dedication in the work of Camp Fire… we are in it for the kids!
  • Supports the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire and projects a positive image of Camp Fire.
  • Attends Camp Fire meetings and events, as required.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, volunteers, parents, and contractors; including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Soft Skills:

  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask effectively.
  • Self-starter, proactive.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to the needs of the organization.
  • Always treats youth, coworkers, and volunteers with respect and kindness.
  • Be a positive role model for youth and adults at all times.

Qualifications:

Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree (preferred) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Previous experience instructing in an afterschool program environment that involves solo teaching, outcome-based lesson planning and current best practices in youth development, and behavior management for students. Working knowledge of youth development and programming, including best practices in mentoring, academic enrichment, youth adult partnerships, life-skills, and leadership development is strongly preferred.

  • Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Computer Skills: Has advanced basic computer job skills including logging on to systems, ability to communicate by email, ability to compose documents, enter database information, create presentations, download forms, and preserve/backup important data.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

A valid insurable Driver’s License is required. This position also requires a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card and First Aid & CPR certification and OCC Basic Safety Set Trainings, plus >15 hours of approved professional development per license year. Oregon Central Background Registry; Step 8 or above on the Oregon Step Registry preferred.

  • Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee will have interaction with k-5 grade children and will be required to interact through frequent walking, standing, sitting at small desks, running in fields and inside a gym, navigating a playground, while observing multiple children.
  • Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and extreme heat (non-weather). The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud depending on the activity/day.

Our Commitment:

Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-responsive, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.

 Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.